Screening is done to find a health problem early and treat it. Tests are given to people who do not have symptoms but who may be at risk for the health problem.

Screening Guidelines

Guidelines can differ between groups based on age and risk factors. It is important to talk to your doctor about your lipid levels and overall risk of heart disease.

Adults
  • Starting at age 20—Screen for lipid levels and heart disease risk factors every 4 to 6 years.
  • Aged 40 to 75 years—A 10-year assessment of heart disease risk should also be done. Your doctor may talk with you about starting medicine based on the results.
Children

Screening for children should be done at 9 to 11 years old and 17 to 21 years old. It may be done at other ages if there are other factors such as family history, diabetes, or weight problems.

Screening Tests

A sample of blood will be taken to check the levels of:

  • Good, bad, and total cholesterol
  • Triglycerides

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
  • Review Date: 03/2019 -
  • Update Date: 05/29/2019 -